Monday, August 17, 2015

#Review Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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20522640Mortal Heart
by Robin LaFevers
Release date: 11/4/14
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
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Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

My Rating:


I don't even know where to start! So this one doesn't quite pick up right where Dark Triumph ended, in fact, it's a little confusing about when and where in the storyline the beginning of this takes place. Sometime around where Grave Mercy meets Dark Triumph? Either way, we have another of Death's Handmaidens, Annith, who's been at the convent the longest and does not understand why she hasn't been sent out on assignment yet. She's growing very frustrated about this and so decides to take matters into her own hands.

Basically, this was an epic ending to the series and I don't know why I waited so long to read it. If you're a fan of the His Fair Assassin books then you should not be disappointed with this one. Once again, we have an amazing, strong-willed, and badass main character, Annith, who we've seen and heard bits and pieces of in the first two books and now it's FINALLY time for her to step into the spotlight. There's romance(*swoon*), mystery, intrigue, deceit, and all that lovely stuff.

So many mixed feelings. There were just SO. MANY. TWISTS. Some I saw coming, some I guessed at and was partially right and some were kind of strange. I don't want to do spoilers so all I will say is, I'm very conflicted on how I feel about the romance in this one. I shipped it, as much as I shipped Ismae and Duval, and Sybella and Beast, but was weird? Like, please, can we talk about this somewhere it won't spoil people??? I don't know what to feel!

Two things. One, parts were a bit...oddly paced and worded and explained and I'm having trouble explaining. For instance, she meets the hellequins(other followers of Mortain but those who are dead and seek redemption) and doesn't believe what they are 'cause they don't match what she's been told. Fine. But then, a paragraph later it's suddenly become a fact that they're hellequins. Like, what?

Two, the beginning. It's slow and kind of boring. It's all necessary but it makes it kind of hard to get into at first. I enjoyed most of the stuff that happened in the beginning, I wasn't completely bored out of my mind, but I didn't get really invested until almost 200 pages in.  Again, you quickly see it's necessary just slow. 

Basically though, this was an awesome ending to this series. The end was amazing and I loved seeing everything come together and seeing Ismae and Sybella and Beast and Duval and the writing! Amazing. I legitimately could not stop smiling when I finished it and yes. Read this series. Right now. Even if you don't like historical fiction because I hate historical fiction but THESE BOOKS MAN!

Would I Recommend This? YES.
Who To? Anyone who half-way liked the other two books? Whole series to every fantasy lover.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yup.

What's the last series ender you read and completely loved?


  1. I completely agree with everything you say. I was a bit disappointed in this at the beginning, but I loved the ending. And the romance was definitely a bit weird (although also great). And now I want to re-read this series. Great review! :)

    1. Yeah, the beginning was just so slow. But when it picked up...just the best! I just, I loved the romance and then..plot twist. And I still loved it but it was so weird too, for whatever reason I just couldn't make it align in my head and yeah. Haha. Me too 'cause I'm sad it's over. =(

  2. I couldn't agree more! It took me so long to read this one and complete this series and I still wonder why! It's such a great conclusion and such a great series. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

    1. I think I was worried I'd be disappointed, and that I have abandonment issues, but as soon as I finished it I was like, I could've read this amazing book months ago, why did I wait!??? I agree, it's an amazing series and I want MORE.

      Thanks, Tanja! Hope things are going well, haven't talked to you in awhile! =)

  3. One of my favorite trilogies. Though the second book is my favorite. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Lekeisha! This trilogy is amazing, isn't it? I'm tied between this one and the second, but I love Sybella's story so much. =)

  4. I haven't even thought about starting this series! I should though. I have finished only a couple of series, but I think my favorite is still ongoing, The Lunar Chronicles. My favorite completed series is Daughter of Smoke and Bone though!

    Glad you loved the series Shay! I didn't read your review because maybe spoilers, but I do want to get to this one day!